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Should you buy a Range Rover Evoque?

We say yes, although it comes at a premium for cash buyers. The Evoque replaced a car that sold in bucketloads, and which – seven years on from its launch – still looks fresh and oozes desirability. The good news for Evoque fans is that this one feels so familiar, but with enough of a difference for it to be considered a major step up.

The arrival of the 48-volt mild-hybrid version puts it bang on the pace with its opposition, while the P300e PHEV adds further appeal for those moving away from diesel, and want the most tax-efficient option possible. For those who aren't, the retention of a 150hp entry-level model means that those who favour cars fuelled from the black pump aren't denied a decent option, too. However we think it's worth going for the D180 - it's an excellent all-rounder that offers just a little extra power and torque to make it a more relaxing drive on longer journeys. 

Given the excellence of the Evoque's handling and ride, its step change in terms of interior quality over the old one, and increased practicality and uprated tech, if you're going from and old Evoque to a new one, you won't be disappointed. Right now, we'd recommend it over the opposition, but make sure you don't go mad on the options in order to keep the monthly cost down.

That said, the competition is strong. Audi's Q3 and Q3 Sportback are both very well-rounded, while the Volvo XC40 majors on tech, plus there's an all-electric Recharge version to choose from. But for now, the Evoque is still the best premium SUV for the money – but the opposition is catching up.

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